GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Please note: the electrical and computer engineering's minimum admission requirements often exceed general university requirements. In case of discrepancies, departmental requirements supersede all others

Application Checklist:

Required of ALL students:

  • Transcript – BS and MS (for applicants with MS degree) and BS (for applicants without MS degree)
  • Accompanied by non-refundable application fee: Official Transcripts
    • Undergraduate (Domestic & International) - $50.00
    • Graduate (Domestic) - $55.00
    • Graduate (International) - $75.00
  • Official GRE scores from ETS ( This requirement may be waived if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 obtained from the courses, minimum 18 credit hours, offered by the electrical engineering or computer engineering program at Missouri S&T)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Copies of journal and refereed conference papers (must be in English) - optional

Required of international students:

  • Official TOEFL scores
  • Financial Statement 

Send required documents to:

Admissions Office
Missouri University of Science and Technology
106 Parker Hall 300 W. 13th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-0370
USA

Admissions Requirements:

Master's degree minimum admissions requirements:

  • BS degree from ABET accredited university (or equivalent international)
  • Recommended GPA  3.3/4.0 or higher
  • Recommended GRE scores of: Verbal (150), Quantitative (160), Verbal+Quantitative (310) and Technical Writing (4.0)
  • Recommended TOEFL score of 92 IBT (internet based test), 580 PBT (paper based test), 237 CBT (computer based test) or minimum IELTS score of 6.5
  • Note: There are two options in the MS program (thesis option and non-thesis option). The non-thesis option requires course work only, while the thesis option requires a thesis with your research advisor with less course work. It is not required to identify in the application package for which option you are applying. Both options are equally considered for admission without preference or priority. Procedure of how to secure the advisor and seek their confirmation is same as that of PhD (see PhD requirements below). Unless the confirmed advisor’s name is mentioned in your Statement of Purpose and there is a Recommendation Letter from the advisor, then it is considered as the non-thesis option as default.

 Doctoral degree minimum admissions requirements:

  • Completed MS degree with recommended graduate GPA 3.5/4.0 or higher (for applicants with MS degree)
  • Competed BS degree with recommended GPA 3.5/4.0 or higher (for applicants without MS degree)
  • Meeting all other requirements for admission to MS program
  • Securing a PhD advisor:
      1. The most important thing for PhD admission is to secure your tentative advisor even before you formally apply (individual contact as stated below). View the department's faculty directory to review each faculty member's research areas and identify your potential PhD advisor. Contact the faculty member by email with your portfolio (CV, transcript, publication, etc.).
      2. If they are willing to serve as your PhD advisor, seek confirmation. Once you have a confirmation, ask aRecommendation Letter to your potential advisor and specify your potential advisor in your Statement of Purpose to be part of your PhD application package. The chance of admission is very high with this information in your application.
      3. Provide proof of funding; examples include self-pay, scholarships, fellowship, graduate research assistantship (GRA), etc. Please note that the confirmation to serve as your advisor does not mean you’ll be automatically offered a financial assistantship . You need to ask the advisor about the availability of assistantship (see Assistantships below).
      4. You may even apply formally for PhD without this procedure of securing the advisor. Then we circulate your application materials to faculty members to seek if someone is interested in serving as advisor. If we don’t find an interested faculty to act as advisor, the chance of PhD admission is low when you already have a MS degree. If you are applying for a PhD without an MS degree (directly from BS) and without an advisor, we may still admit you for a MS to be able to convert to PhD within 2-3 semesters (all your credits are then counted toward PhD). During this period, you interact with faculty and demonstrate your aptitude for PhD.

Certificate (CT) minimum admissions requirements:

  • B.S. degree in any field of engineering
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater (a grade of B or higher) in the CT courses
 Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: July 15 (domestic students), June 15 (international students)Spring Semester: December 15 (domestic students), November 15 (international students)Summer Semester: May 1 (domestic students), April 1 (international students)Please Note: Application deadline for International Students set one month prior: Additional time allows for department paperwork, deliberation, campus routing and international paperwork on campus during the semester along with off campus business such assending international paperwork notifying international student, in a timely manner,which allows them preparatory time.

Assistantships:

General information: There are three major mechanisms of assistantship for graduate students: Graduate Research Assistants (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistants (GRA) and Fellowship. Students can be appointed as GRA or GTA by any rate up to 50% FTE (Full-Time Equivalent), which is the maximum part-time employment rate for students (100% represents the full-time job). The monthly wage for 50% FTE is approximately $2,000, which is proportional to the % FTE (e.g. $400 for 10% FTE). Student’s out-of-state tuition is waived if the student is offered an FTE of at least a 25%. Additionally, if a PhD student is offered an FTE of at least 37.5%, the in-state tuition may also be waived.There are also Grader positions, which are based on hourly rate wages.

• GRA: This assistantship is to support students who will be contributing to faculty members’ research. If a GRA is offered, the out-of-state tuition is waived (if higher than 25% FTE) and a monthly wage is provided according to % FTE. Students may contact individual faculty members with materials (CVs, publication, etc.) before applying to demonstrate their qualification and competency in the interested research areas. The faculty member may offer a GRA position with admission if the student is qualified and funding is available. Or it may be offered at any time, with continued interactions with faculty members, while studying in the ECE program.

• GTA:  GTAs are normally required to teach undergraduate-level laboratory courses. If a GTA is offered the out-of-state tuition is waived (if higher than 25% FTE) and a monthly wage is also provided, according to % FTE. The department appoints GTAs every semester. Students will need to apply for a GTA position several months before the start of classes in order to teach. GTAs will also be required to pass the communication test (non-native speakers only) and will be selected by the department. Therefore, all new incoming students will not be eligible for GTA positions.

• Fellowship (Department and Chancellor’s): The mechanism of Department Fellowship waives the student’s out-of-state tuition only (no wages). The student is required to assist individual faculty members with departmental work such as teaching, research and service activities. Students may contact individual faculty members with materials (CV, publication, portfolio, etc.) before applying in order to demonstrate their qualifications. The faculty member may offer a Fellowship at anytime, similar to the GRA position. The Chancellor’s Fellowship is only available to PhD applicants who have US citizenship or permanent residency, at the time of admission, and it waives the tuition and also provides wages.

• Grader: This mechanism provides students with biweekly wages based on hourly rates (no tuition waived). Graders are normally required to grade assignments from undergraduate-level courses. To be appointed as a grader the student must contact the individual faculty member, who teaches the course, several months before the start of classes. New incoming international students are not eligible for the Grader position (US citizens or permanent residents are eligible).  

 Testimonials from Alumni:

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Contact:
  • Admissions Office (campus-level inquiries):
    More infromation on general campus-level admission requirements and procedures are available at:
    Admissions Office
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering (departmetn-level inquiries):
    1. Graduate staff (admission): Mrs. Erin Karr (raganer@mst.edu, 573-341-4543)
    2. Associate Chair of Graduate Studies (Graduate Coordinator): Dr. Chang-Soo Kim (ckim@mst.edu, 573-341-4529)